Mugabe suggests 2012 elections

2011-06-03 22:35

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said the power-sharing government should end this year and elections held as soon as possible, suggesting polls could even be conducted in 2012, the Herald newspaper said on Friday.

"If we fail, then elections should be held during the first few months of next year. What we want are elections this year," he said.

Mugabe is at odds with rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change who formed a power-sharing government in 2008 after disputed elections.

Tsvangirai wants polls to be held next year, saying that constitutional and political reforms must come first.

The uneasy unity government has brought a measure of stability to the impoverished state holding the world's second-largest platinum reserves.

Early elections could stamp out a nascent recovery and renew political violence, analysts say.

  • Karoobloed - 2011-06-04 00:55

    One could only assume that the only voters left in Zim would be on the ZANU payroll... The Zim situation remains the shame of Black Southern Africa. Africa's failed "silent diplomacy" (= undercover support) has alienated a huge number of White RSA citizens who otherwise would have been much more enthusiatic about building that elusive Rainbow nation.

  • China Expat - 2011-06-04 05:25

    The color of the African rainbow is BLACK!!!! THERE IS CERTAINLY NO COLOR IN AFRICA......Black not being the color of their skins but of murders, rapes, torture of victims of house breakings and farm murders. The ANC have one or two potential leaders in Sexwale or Ramaphose but instead flout the most useless undeucated, corrupt,and pathetic negotiators who are only looking to line their pockets with money stolen form the people. SHAME ON YOU.

      tryanything - 2011-06-04 06:29

      When our leaders start condemming lack of basic maintenance like not littering or having a decent birth control system or fixing broken windows maybe we will think 'Oh maaybe murder rape and robbery are not ok either' . We are sheep who will follow a good leader.

  • Wow! - 2011-06-04 08:22

    Regrettably it is the ANC government that has the power to stop this rot. BUT WILL IT? No, instead we will have Zuma flying to Libya to try and implement a solution, like the one in Zimbabwe. When it comes to governance, I think the rest of the world despair of Africans, they can only be described as very disappointing governments. I agree with the views re: South AFrica after ANC takeover - when Mandela was the leader we, whites - and I believe this applies to all the minorities - believed that we could contribute to the building of a strong, flourishing, heterogeneous South Africa. Now, we are disillusioned with the ANC and the speed with which they are dragging this beautiful country into the dirt.

  • Rich - 2011-06-04 08:24

    Why dosen't somebody just shoot this c--t !!!

      batsi - 2011-06-04 13:48

      we dont recoment anyone to kill anybody

  • Annoy - 2011-06-09 13:43

    Robert must die before the election - riged as always

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